Rays of the One Light
Weekly commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita
by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)
Truth is one and eternal. Realize oneness with it in your deathless Self, within. The following commentary is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Week 21: The Best Way to Worship
In Chapter 4 of the Gospel of St. John, the woman of Samaria asks Jesus, Where is the best place to worship? This question might be expanded to include: What is the best church? What is the best religion? Is it important to go on pilgrimage to holy shrines? What is the best ritual? What is the best mantra or prayer?
Jesus cut across all such questioning with his reply:
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
It was not that outer considerations of place, church, ritual, etc., are irrelevant. Each person should find those practices and observances which are compatible with his own nature—one might say, with his own vibrations. Not everyone's natural path is the same. God sent different religions into the world to satisfy different human needs.
The overarching concern, however, considering that the goal is to find God, is to include in one's worship daily, inner communion with the Lord. God is Silence: He must be sought, therefore, in inner silence. God is Absolute Love: He must be sought, therefore, in the silence of love. God is Spirit, and thus immaterial: He must be sought, above all, in the expanding peace of deep meditation.
Thus, the Bhagavad Gita states in the sixth Chapter:
Wherever you are, whatever your outward beliefs and observances, seek God in the silence of your own soul.
Sequestered should he sit,
Steadfastly meditating, solitary,His thoughts controlled, his passions laid away,
From every craving for possession freed.
Thus, through holy Scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
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